Course Overview

With increasing needs and scarce resources available worldwide, official aid organizations, development banks and philanthropists are under strong pressure to deliver and measure impact. But what do we mean by impact and how do we measure it?

This two-day course introduces participants to the design and implementation of impact evaluations in development. We will learn together the newest techniques for evaluating programs using an intuitive approach, with minimal technical notation. We encourage participants to perceive impact evaluations as part of a well-developed theory of change with clear causal pathways along the results chain form inputs to outputs and outcomes then impact. We also highlight the contribution of impact evaluation to the mainstreamed DAC criteria for donor-funded project evaluations. We shall then briefly explore the conceptual frameworks for experimental and quasi experimental techniques, including randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity, matching, and difference in differences.


  • Mastering the results chain using theories of change
  • An understanding of the importance of impact evaluations and causal inference
  • The capacity to design an impact evaluation using the best-suited techniques, methods and approaches


Staff in NGOs, Development-aid funded projects, think tanks, ministries and international development organizations. These include the following:

  • M&E Officers and learning practitioner involved in social change.
  • Project managers and technical officers
  • Development Consultants
  • Researchers of applied economics and statistics


  • This course is intermediate to advanced level
  • The course will use real-life examples and exercises to guarantee effective interactive learning
  • Presentations, training materials and hand-outs are in English. Trainers are bilingual, English and Arabic.

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